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06 July 2021

ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers – Results and Methodology

This report maps the current state of labour migration and the key characteristics of migrant workers in the world today

This report maps the current state of labour migration and the key characteristics of migrant workers in the world today.
This third edition of the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers: Results and Methodology presents the most recent estimates on the stock of international migrant workers, disaggregated by age, sex, country-income group and region, and the estimation methodology. The reference year is 2019. The report predates the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, which has affected the magnitude and characteristics of international labour migration. The estimates offer a benchmark against which the COVID-19 driven changes can be analysed in the future.

The periodic publication of this report provides information on recent trends on labour migration and therefore contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as supporting policymaking at the country, regional and global levels.

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